The surge in visitors from Tourism New Zealand’s key international markets continues with holiday arrivals the highest ever for the month of June and total annual arrivals peaking, just short of three million international visitors.

Figures released today by Statistics New Zealand show total visitor arrivals for the year up nine per cent and holiday arrivals up 10 per cent, compared with the same period last year.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says “These figures are brilliant news. To head into the winter months with such strong growth is exceptional and Tourism New Zealand’s strategy to focus efforts on driving arrivals growth in the shoulder seasons will continue to consolidate this trend.

"This month’s international arrivals, at 2.99 million show we are just short of reaching an annual arrivals figure of three million visitors, which is good news for all New Zealanders. It means more jobs and economic value, not just in the peak summer period but with benefits felt throughout the year." 

Australia, China and the United States were the biggest contributors to the bumper figures for June. "Our number one market of Australia has seen another good month with holiday arrivals up 11.9 per cent. We are seeing the results of our winter marketing activity encouraging Australians to take a winter break in New Zealand, particularly to visit our ski slopes.

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